Michigan didn’t have a lot of great offensive weapons to work with in 2014, but one of them was junior wide receiver Devin Funchess. He won’t be taking part in the new era of Michigan Wolverines football though, as the school announced Funchess would skip his senior season and declare for the NFL Draft.
“I would like to thank my family, coaches and teammates for their support,” Funchess said in a statement released by the school. “It’s always been a dream of mine to play in the NFL, and I am prepared to take the next step in my journey.
“I want to personally thank Coach (Brady) Hoke and his staff. I’ve learned life and character lessons from them, and they have helped me become a better person and man. I love Michigan. From the former players to the fans, it’s a special place. The opportunity to play in the Big House in front of 100,000 strong each week, those are memories that will last with me forever. It’s been an honor to strap on the winged helmet for three years with my teammates, and I will always bleed Maize and Blue.”
Funchess was a 2nd team All-Big Ten pick by the coaches following the 2014 season. He finished the year third in the conference with 62 receptions, while adding 733 yards and four touchdowns to the mix.
After switching from tight end to wide receiver in new offensive coordinator Doug Nussmeier’s offense, Funchess recorded the highest receptions total of his career. Funchess finishes his career with 126 receptions and 15 touchdowns.
Given the height, size and speed Funchess possesses, he could be a big matchup nightmare in the NFL and many media outlets project him as a first-round draft pick. Given that and all that has happened at Michigan in the past months Funchess’ decision seemed like an inevitable one.